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Alumni Notes

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Aaron J. Vermeulen,
has joined the Ann Arbor office of the Atlanta-based architectural firm of Lord, Aeck & Sargent. The firm serves the science, education and historic preservation markets. Vermeulen is a member of the Construction Specifications Institute and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He received his BA in architectural technology from the University of Memphis. At Michigan his studio work appeared in Dimensions, the annual publication of the U-M's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Patrick A. Miller,
has been elected the next president of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the association announced in Washington, DC, in June. Miller has worked in public, private and academic practice in the United States and Canada and served as head of the landscape architecture department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for 13 years. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and his master's from the University of California at Berkeley. Miller has received numerous awards and recognitions for his professional research and service work and has lectured internationally on landscape architecture and professional education.

William Connolly,
of Johns Hopkins University's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences has been named a Krieger-Eisenhower Professor in recognition of his "scholarly achievement and devotion to the academic life of the university," the university announced. A political scientist, Connolly has helped to "reshape the field of political theory with his thesis that political thinking cannot be separated from the philosophy of being itself," the award citation said. His book Terms of Political Discourse received the Benjamin Lippincott Prize of the American Political Science Association, which is awarded to books that continue to have an impact more than 15 years after publication.

Kay Shimmelman Robarts,
’78MA, of Austin, Texas, has been named an associate fellow of the society for Technical Communication (STC). Robart is a writer for Forgent Networks. Robart was cited her faithful work as both a member and a leader in STC, for her generosity in sharing knowledge with fellow members and students and “for her genuine concern that we always push to do better as a professional organization.” Robart has more than 20 years of experience in technical writing and college-level teaching. Formerly of Midland, Michigan, Robart earned her BA from Grand Valley Sate University in 1973.

Jeffrey R. Hoag,
Jeffrey R. Hoag ’02 has joined Tower Pinkster Titus Associates, an architecture and engineering firm, in its Grand Rapids, Michigan, office. The firm is based in Kalamazoo. Hoag majored in architecture at U-M. His current projects include 3-D modeling for a school auditorium and for a new elementary school.

Mike Moriarty,
Mike Moriarty ’74 has been appointed A.T. Kearney executive vice president and EDS senior vice president for A.T. Kearney’s Global Industry Practices. The firm’s eight industry practice leaders report to Moriarty, who provides global oversight and coordination of their service offerings and client development efforts. Moriarty, who is based in Chicago, was previously an A.T. Kearney vice president and global leader of A.T. Kearney’s Consumer Industries and Retail Practice.

Larry L. Johnson,
Larry L. Johnson ’75 was re-elected for a three-year term on the board of directors of the 1.7-million-member Automobile Club of Michigan (AAA Michigan) at the organization’s annual membership meeting in Dearborn. He has been a member of the AAA Michigan board since 2000. He is president of Lightning Ridge Enterprises, an investment holding company in Bloomfield Hills, which he formed in 1991. Johnson, who majored in environmental engineering, earned two varsity football letters at U-M and received the team’s Outstanding Scholar award his senior year.

James Turissini,
James Turissini ’85 M Arch has been named director of business development for the DeMattia Group in Plymouth, Michigan. His responsibilities for the real estate and design/build firm include client development, strategic planning, market and sales forecasting, sales tactics and contract negotiation. Turissini holds a bachelor of science and bachelor of architecture degrees from Kent State University. He resides in Maumee, Ohio, with his wife Renee and children Alexia and Gregory. He has traveled extensively, lived in Brazil and studied architecture in Italy. His hobbies include water and snow skiing, soccer and art glass.

Christian Newcomer,
Christian Newcomer '73, a prominent veterinarian and specialist in laboratory animal medicine, has been appointed the Johns Hopkins University's first associate provost for animal research and resources, responsible for university-wide planning and other issues relating to research using animal subjects. Newcomer, who studied zoology at Michigan, joined Johns Hopkins on May 21 after serving two years as director of the Veterinary Resources Program at the National Institutes of Health. He will help the university prepare for future changes in the availability of animals, animal care standards, or the way in which animal research is conducted. "There are just an incredible number of issues that come up in a big and vibrant animal research program like Johns Hopkins'," Newcomer said. "I will work to determine how we keep a step ahead of where the science is going, and how we do that the right way." He earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1977.

Scott R. Reizen,
Scott R. Reizen '98 has joined the law firm of Zausmer, Kaufman, August & Caldwell, P.C., as an associate in its Farmington Hills, Mich., office. Reizen will focus on general civil litigation as well as commercial, insurance defense and construction litigation. He is a member of the State Of Michigan Bar Association.

Kay Robart,
Kay Robart, formerly Kay Schimmelman, received an Associate Fellowship from the Society for Technical Communication (STC) at their annual conference in May. Although STC has over 200,000 members worldwide, there are only about 100 associate fellows. Robart received the fellowship for service to the Society and to the field of technical communication.

Robert D. Sloan,
former vice president and general counsel at GE industrial Systems, has joined Energy Corporation in New Orleans as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Sloan who is also an alummni of Harvard Law School, has managed legal issues related to mergers and acquisitions, litigation, compliance programs, intellectual property issues and overall strategic legal business counseling.

Randall C. Jimerson,
has just been elected vice president/president of the Society of American Archivists effective in August. Jimerson, professor of history at Western Washington State University in Bellingham, will serve as vice president in 2003-04 and as president in 2004-05. He currently directs the graduate Archives and Records Management program within the history department at Western. Jimerson also teaches undergraduate American history courses, with specialties in Civil War and Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Era, and the Vietnam War. Among his works are The Private Civil War: Popular Thought During the Sectional Conflict, which was reprinted in paperback in 1994, and American Archival Studies: Readings in Theory and Practice (Society of American Archivists, 2000), which he edited. Founded in 1936, the society is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association, with more than 3,400 members.

Fredric Harwin,
Ocularist, a short documentary starring Fredric Harwin '67 MSc, has won the SXSW Film Festival Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah and the Florida Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. The film has begun a national run at festivals in Philadelphia, Tucson and Durham. Harwin blends medicine and art to create new outlook for his patients, literally "in-your-face" art. He creates highly detailed, custom-made ocular prosthetics (artificial eyes). One of only a handful of board-certified ocularists in the country, Harwin is also one of the few to have advanced degrees in both science and fine art. The eight-minute film, directed by Vance Malone of Portland, Oregon's Food Chain Films, illuminates the techniques used to create acrylic eyes and examines both the physical and psychological repercussions associated with the loss of an eye. Artificial eyes aren't Harwin's only foray into the world of art and science. He is also a well-respected medical illustrator, having done art for 3M, Gore-Tex and the Anatomical Chart Company. Harwin was also the co-author and illustrator of the Manual of Cardiac Surgery. He may be reached at the Center for Ocular Prosthetics at 503-229-8490 or Harwin Studios at 503-245-8900.

William Cohen,
has been elected to the board of directors of the American College of Bankruptcy. Cohen is chairman of the bankruptcy and reorganization practice at Pepper Hamilton LLP and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He is a partner in Pepper's Detroit office, concentrates in bankruptcy and insolvency matters and has argued cases throughout the state and the federal court systems, including the US Supreme Court.

Jeffrey R. Hoag,
has joined Tower Pinkster Titus Associates, an architecture and engineering firm, in its Grand Rapids, Michigan office. The firm is based in Kalamazoo. Hoag majored in architecture at U-M. His current projects include 3-D modeling for a school auditorium and for a new elementary school.

Mike Moriarty,
has been appointed A.T. Kearney executive vice president and EDS senior vice president for A.T. Kearney’s Global Industry Practices. The firm’s eight industry practice leaders report to Moriarty, who provides global oversight and coordination of their service offerings and client development efforts. Moriarty, who is based in Chicago, was previously an A.T. Kearney vice president and global leader of A.T. Kearney’s Consumer Industries and Retail Practice.

Larry L. Johnson,
was re-elected for a three-year on the board of directors of the 1.7-million-member Automobile Club of Michigan (AAA Michigan) at the organization’s annual membership meeting today in Dearborn. He has been a member of the AAA Michigan board since 2000. He is president of Lightning Ridge Enterprises, an investment holding company in Bloomfield Hills, which he formed in 1991. Johnson, who majored in environmental engineering, earned two varsity football letters at U-M and received the team’s Outstanding Scholar award his senior year.

James Turissini,
has been named director of business development for the DeMattia Group in Plymouth, Michigan. His responsibilities for the real estate and design/build firm include client development, strategic planning, market and sales forecasting, sales tactics and contract negotiation. Turissini holds a bachelor of science and bachelor of architecture degrees from Kent State University. He resides in Maumee, Ohio, with his wife Renee and children, Alexia and Gregory. He has traveled extensively, lived in Brazil and studied architecture in Italy. His hobbies include water and snow skiing, soccer and art glass.

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